Friday, 25 March 2016

11 things I get way too excited about now I'm an adult

I never thought I'd see the day that I get a sense of pride and relief over getting all of my ironing done, but sadly, the reality of that day has come everybody.

Yeah sure, hearing the twinkly tones of an ice-cream van and making it to a bar just in time for happy hour are still things that make my absolute day, but coming home to fresh bedding and fresh flowers are also now things in my life that make my heart flutter.

And that, my friends, is because with every day, I'm becoming more and more of an adult and apparently I get kicks from the tiny, silly things in life.

1.) Getting a new glasses prescription
Yes - you need to get your eyes tested where your opticians gets uncomfortably close in your personal space. Yes - you'll have to fork out for essentially some magnifying glasses. But my god, all of a sudden, you'll be seeing the world in HD vision. Well, until the next time your eyesight declines again.

2.) Bounding into a freshly made bed
If you're anything like me, you still won't know the best of most efficient way of putting your bedsheets onto your duvet but wrestling with your bedding will most definitely be worth it when you snuggle up at the end of the day and it feels like a warm marshmallow that smells like spring. 

3.) Enough to feed a small army
Gone are the days of dry pasta with whatever veg and sauce you had in your fridge. Cooking in bulk is now the norm, because as well having a banging dinner, you also want to have a lunch at work that's NOT a Pret sandwich, as well as a back-up meal in the freezer for when you work late and get home with no energy to even make a meal, nevermind whip up something a la Nigella.

4.) Fresh Flowers
Like Sweet Female Attitude once said: "I'll bring you flowers, in the pouring rain". A little pang of joy sets off in my heart whenever I'm cutting fresh flowers and have a variety of vases out ready to arrange them all in. They get dotted around the house and every time I walk past one of them, that pang of joy returns. I don't think more than 3 days have gone by without there being fresh flowers in my room, which is world away from when I smashed the pot of plastic flowers at uni.

5.) Tetris kitchen
There's just something about doing a big ol' food shop and having your fridge so well stocked that you have to slot everything in so it fits oh-so-perfectly. Content at it's finest.

6.) Pinterest as fuck
Yes I do have multiple pillows and cushions on my bed now, and some of them are (dare I say it) just for aesthetic purposes. Also, making my bed is the first thing I do now when I roll out of it, well, while the kettle's boiling for tea because who can even function before caffeine eh? YOU TELL ME WHO. I just want my space to look on point so when I see it, I know at least one small componant of my life to not be a mess.

7.)Clean & serene
Once upon a time there was a floordrobe living in my room 90% of the time. But oh how those times have changed - now if coats aren't hung up and clothes aren't folded away, I just can't sleep easy. 16-year-old Amy? You better believe it.

8.) Going green
I have a potted plants of different herbs on my windowsill ok. Not only do they look cute but boy, do that pack a punchful of flavour to my meals. It's all about being functional kiddos.

9.) Stuff in jars
You can take your packaging and recycle those bad boys because I, my friend, have got multiple containers, jars and bottles to decanter all your sauces, your pastas and your oats into. You want thingamabobs? I've got plenty of 'em.

10.) Fold it up
I'll hold my hands up and admit that I've spent more than one Friday night in going through my pile of laungry, ironing it, and folding it into one neat and concise pile. And for a gal that used to hate ironing so much that she ended up eating food on her ironing board instead of actually, y'know, ironing on it - I'd say this was a pretty big turnaround don't you?

11.) Walkies?

They're not just for your four-legged furry friends! Honestly, can you beat a long ol' walk to...NOWHERE of a Sunday afternoon with your rabble of a family or friends? After stuffing yoruself with a massive Sunday roast that is of course. No destination to get to. No time period to finish by. Just wandering aimlessly in the outdoors. Music to my ears that.

And you know what? Even though most of the time you feel like you haven't got a clue what's going on and just like a big kid in disguise just winging it as and adult, it's these little things that make you realise that actually, you've kinda got it down kiddo.

Until next time,

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Full-on February

February fashion was full-on. And by that, I mean that I wore a 90s Britney Spears-esque pink crop top, paired with a baby blue mini skirt and topped off with a lilac coat for my first day of a new job. Basically, an ice-cream sundae.
Oh, and metallic, multi-coloured pom-pom shoes....start as I meant to go on right? 

Not surprising really when I own accessories such as a heart-shaped 'Don't be a dick' pin badge, a furry Bambi skirt (complete with bunny mug, naturally), and an extra pair of fluffball footwear. A girl can never have too many pom-poms y'know?
I mean....this sweatshirt is full-on in just a whole different way...
I love it. And I hate that I love it. (Don't judge me k)
Oh, Baron Von Trap, how I love you and your sassy rhymes and pun-tastic slogans.

Never fear though, Kenzo Paris is here to save the day with it's ditsy, cute prints of New York and Paris, and knitted, pastel portraits of Les Mis.
Even Parisian chic stripes can't just be left at that it seems. Yet more pom-poms on my feet and a big ol' Pink Ladies worthy coat to ruin it all. Or improve it. However you want to see it really babes.
Even when I put away the pastels (which, to be honest, isn't very honest) - it can't just be black and chic and simple can it?
Noooo, I have to wear an & Other Stories dress with animals and envelopes all over it, and borrow a top off Dennis the Menace to wear underneath my dungaree dress.

But I somehow manage to redeem myself with deep plunging 70s dresses, black fedoras and high necklines.
I even managed to look somewhat - dare I say it - cool? A big ol' shearling denim jacket overa cropped khaki halterneck and black midi skirt. I've even got a hun in! Who do I think I am!
Stop it now...I even got put some hoops in and the halter top has a chain fastening. Someone stop me. Who knew I had it in me eh?

Friday, 4 March 2016

Month by Numbers: new year, new room, new job

7 favourites...
1.) My short month of Feb with filled with cheesy dance moves and eating a lot of meals out. So, what else is different eh?

2.) February is the time for Chinese New Year, which is essentially a 2nd Christmas. And as you can imagine, I absolutely love. Oh, and I get to spend lots of time with family too, which is also pretty swell.

3.) This month came with a lot of music in different genres and in different ways. My brother got us tickets to see a singer we both love - the folk angel that is Lissie and my god. Her voice, man. It's got so much emotion in it, it's insane. I've also been listening non-stop to Slaves' album, Are You Satisfied. A bit late to the party but perfect for everything from getting me out of bed and getting ready to go out, to going for a run and running errands. They're exactly what British angst has been missing for a long ol' time.

4.) This month I've really revelled in the love and lols of my friends. Everything else in your life can fluctuate so easily, but your friends are the ones who at the end of the day are proud of you, cheers you, and dance the night away with you. Whether they're all the way on the other side of the world, you're reprioritising some friendships that have been in life for a long time, or just making sure you clock in some quality time with them - they're pretty damn great aren't they?

5.) I re-decorated my room and it's now a Pinterest-worthy, marshmallow, circus wonderland and oh it dreamy. I love it so much. Who knew bedding and some fairy lights could have such an effect on a girl?

6.) Chiswick House held a lantern festival to celebrate Chinese New Year, and despite my fingers and legs nearly freezing off (damn you tights and lack of gloves), it was a lit-up funfair of bright colours and amazing structures. Never have I felt more like I was tripping out of my mind.

7.) I GOT OFFERED A NEW FLIPPING JOB BOYS AND GIRLS. Sometimes life throws you a bit of an unexpected curveball. But you know what you do? Suck it up, keep calm and deal the fuck with it the best that you can (cause you're as British as a tea-drenched crumpet). Even when it tests your Jigglypuff-esque, optimistic persona - stick to your guns because in the end, it'll all end up working out and you can stick 2 fingers up at self doubt, that negative lil bugger. YAY TO EXCITING NEW CHAPTERS!

5 tweets...
"Spent this morning polishing my boots & brushing suede items. Quite the change from my usual state of nursing a hangover. Am I an adult now?"
"An absolute babe at the post office just said my hair was dead nice & asked where I got it done. Now feeling ΓΌber-sassy πŸ’πŸ»"
"My nephew was singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody while having his bath tonight. Top choice kiddo. Mega impressed & proud πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ…πŸŽ€"
"You. Yes you - you beautiful bastard. I still think about you far more than I care to want to. DammitπŸ’” (Cryptic MSN-esuqe status done with)"
"My nephew saw a baby photo of me and said: 'I don't like you small, I like you bigger' πŸ˜‚"

3 outfits...
Cute, pastel, embroidered details, denim and crop tops - all very crucial staples of my wardrobe. 
But who knew I'd take inspiration from Dennis the Menace's stripes as well hey?